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First Friday Art Walk – A Day With(out) Art: Everyone I Know is Sick + niizhoo morningstar redskye: na(a)me

Friday, December 1 2023
534 Congress Street Gallery

Join us Friday, December 1st, from 5-8 pm for opening receptions celebrating the following exhibits.

na(a)me, story vessels by niizhoo morningstar redskye
December 1–January 14 in the Window Gallery
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This collection from artist niizhoo (shawna) morningstar redskye is a deeply personal offering — an honoring and recounting of the artist’s healing journey tracking breaking down, opening and beginning to rebuild. The imprints, fingerprints, remain visible.

In her work with waabigan | clay, niizhoo makes room for voice and stories to emerge — forms she has come to call “story vessels.” She creates both wheel thrown and hand-built vessels, utilizing surface-decorating techniques with slips, underglazes, and sgraffito technique — creation and reduction. It is her prayer to remember and restore ancient relationship practices with waabigan — to honor their voice and the voices and stories of ancestors and non-human relatives. niizhoo carries this responsibility with reverence, care, and an awareness and rejection of the compounding colonial systems within and around us. 

A Day With(out) Art 2023: Everyone I Know is Sick, mixed media group exhibition by Visual AIDS
December 1–16 in the 534 Congress Street Gallery
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SPACE is proud to join arts and cultural organizations all across the country in solidarity with the call to action posed by World Aids Day and Day With(out) Art

On Friday December 1st through December 16th, SPACE’s window in our 534 Congress Street gallery will feature a video screening of Everyone I Know is Sick, an hour-long program including five newly commissioned short videos.

Inspired by a statement from Cyrée Jarelle Johnson in the book Black FuturesEveryone I Know Is Sick examines how our society excludes disabled and sick people by upholding a false dichotomy of health and sickness. Inviting us to understand disability as a common experience rather than an exception to the norm, the program highlights a range of experiences spanning HIV, COVID, mental health, and aging. The commissioned artists foreground the knowledge and expertise of disabled and sick people in a world still grappling with multiple ongoing pandemics.

Everyone I Know Is Sick will feature newly commissioned short videos by artists working across the world:

Dorothy Cheung (Hong Kong)
Hiura Fernandes & Lili Nascimento (Brazil)
Beau Gomez (Canada/Philippines)
Dolissa Medina & Ananias P. Soria (USA)
Kurt Weston (USA)

Cover image: Dolissa Medina and Ananias P. Soria, Viejito/Enfermito/Grito (Old Man/Sick Man/Shout), 2023, Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Everyone I Know Is Sick

🕯️ This weekend only! The dance show of the summer is Scapegoat Garden’s Liturgy|Order|Bridge. The Hartford-based company calls upon Black church traditions and ideas of faith, nature, fashion, and experimentation in their limited performance run June 20-22. Tickets available now, presented by SPACE at Mechanics’ Hall. 🕯️